If you want to sail many places at a single shot, try the Leeward Islands. Cruising in Leeward Islands can include various routes and interesting cultures. The Leewards consists of the Virgin Islands (American and British), Saint Bartholomew, Montserrat, St. Martin, Dominica, Anguilla, Guadeloupe, St. Kitts and Nevis, Antigua and Barbuda, Saba, and St. Eustatius. Among these, the largest is the American and British Virgin Islands. Because of its location, Isla Aves has been included as a part of the Leeward Islands.
The name “Leeward” was given to the group of islands because of the trade winds in the region that blows from northwest. This waters of the Caribbean Sea are in general much calmer and make easier sailing than the eastern parts.
Sailing in Leeward Islands has the best conditions from the months of November to July. This period is recognized as the most perfect sailing season of the year. Also, the months of December to March is recognized as the peak season wherein thousands of local and international sailors all around the world flock the Leewards and sail its brilliant coastal waters.
Average air temperatures from 21º to 30º C (72º to 86º F) and the water temperatures stay between 20º and 23º C (68º and 74º F).
The island of Saba is one of the smallest islands of Leewards. The place is almost entirely made of rocks. If you want a little bit of British and Dutch blends, you should visit Saba.
One of the best bases when sailing in Lewards is in Antigua. Antigua has remarkable beaches with fine white sand.
From Antigua’s south, you can route your way to the majestic island of Guadeloupe. This island was dominated by the French during the Caribbean colonization years. Sailing in Leeward Islands through Guadeloupe is one of the most thrilled experiences in the Caribbean.